Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Old enough to have done it once....

and young enough to do it again!!!

It's been a big birthday week - I am now 49 and 374 days! It sounds very strange saying 50 - that's the age my mother was when John and I got married.

On the day (Tues 20th) I got a book (Fifty is not a four letter work) from Em and a Pandora bracelet and some charms from John, Sean and Bec. John and I went out for dinner and the kids had a mud cake for me.

On Thursday my boss gave me a cake from Le Bon in Acland Street and gave me a generous cheque which I promptly spent picking up my Pandora beads off layby.

Friday was getting Em's eyes tested and finding out that she is very shortsighted and picking out her glasses. Then it was off to lunch with Wendy - and Vesna was there too. A lovely surprise! And I was given a beautiful begonia and some proteas and lovely handmade cards. I could get used to this!!!

Saturday was the usual run between skating rinks and a Stampin' Up party at Connie's.

Sunday was spent worrying about a sick rat and then another birthday celebration - this time with my family. 12 of us went to the Langwarrin Hotel for a lovely meal. Peter's partner Stephanie and her son Oscar were with us, they have just moved here from Newcastle. The playroom was just the thing to keep a 4 year old happy! More lovely cards and presents. I have been very spoiled.

Molly seems to have brightened up again - she has tumours which is typical in rats of her age, and repiratory problems. The only treatment for them is tamoxifen which would mean we couldn't handle her.

Molly loves to sit on the back of Em's neck while she in on the computer but couldn't resist climbing through the towel to find a more comfortable resting spot!

This week is back to normal - flat out with tax returns. The end of the year cannot come too soon for me.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Another week gone......

It's been such a busy week I have hardly had time to come up for air. You might need a coffee!

Sunday was Mother's Day - got up made my own coffee and breakfast which, after talking to Jen, wasn't necessarily a bad thing! John went into work early and the kids slept in until late. Bec also worked in the afternoon so I didn't get my presents until then. We went to the chinese restaurant at Patterson Lakes for dinner with my mother, MIL, brother, uncle (from Tassie), the 5 of us and Sarah, Sean's girlfriend. The service wasn't good, but I don't think they have had that many people in for a long time. Didn't stop us enjoying the night together. MIL was not at all well and managed to give her bugs to Em - the world's worst patient. Hopefully by Monday she will be OK for school.

My presents!

I framed my Mother layout for her - she loved it.

My mother's card

Mother in law's "Scratchie" card

Sarah turned 17 this week and she and Sean celebrated her birthday and their 2nd anniversary with her family at their favourite chinese restaurant in Springvale. Toni (Sarah's lovely mum) has had her first chemo finally. Yay - one done, five to go. She went back to work this week for the first time since her surgery - a great morale booster.

Work was frantic and I spend half my time keeping my boss from stressing out. Major tax lodgment deadlines and our major client group was incomplete due to stuff ups on their end. When you are dealing with tax bills of $1.5M due to be paid by Thursday it has to be right. The sign off meeting went really well - a major shock to him! Don't you just love it when they can just turn around and order their minions to just pay it! Got all my extension applications in for other clients on time - so all in all it was a productive week.

Let there be light! After about 10 cancelled visits from one company, the agent arranged a different electrician and Em has a light in her bedroom - she has only had a lamp for 2 months. Now let's see how quickly the range hood gets done - I've only been waiting 3 years.....

My mother and uncle dropped over yesterday for morning tea . Amazing how quickly you can clean the house when you need to! (and how ten minutes after Dh gets home the dining room table is covered in **** again!!!). Whipped up some yummy banana mini muffins.

You made it to here - well done! Now I'd better get ready to spend the day driving Bec between skating rinks - and I think I will need the jumpers and coat - doesn't look too nice outside today.

Catch you later......

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Birthday Sean!

My little boy isn't so little any more - 5'11" tall, a lovely girlfriend of nearly 2 years and he's now 19! Where have all those years gone?